Mrs. Mabeus - Room 207

School Phone: 402-896-0754        

8th grade Religion

St. Stephen the Martyr School


Content: Church History, Revelation, Trinity, Jesus Christ, The Church, Morality, Sacraments, Kingdom of God, Saints, Icons, The Mass, Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Social Justice, and Confirmation.

We will be using the Alive In Christ book along with the Catechism and The Holy Bible. This course follows the Archdiocesan religion curriculum guide for choice of content and is a core class that runs through the entire school year. We will also be using the Decision Point program by Matthew Kelly. The CHOSEN, Your Journey Toward Confirmation, CFT (Confirmation For Teens) and ALTARATION programs will also be used in the classroom as part of Confirmation preparation.The students will also use the YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) as a reference. RCL Benziger Curriculum will be covered fourth quarter. 

Fr. Stack will visit the class on the first Tuesday of the month for 30 minutes.

General Rules:

Respect - self, others, property

Be an active participant

Follow school and classroom rules and procedures

Act appropriately and courteously at all times

Students are expected to participate by volunteering to read in class, answer questions, work with their peers in a Christian manner, and complete assignments on time.


Materials Needed for Class Every Day:

Religion textbook (Alive in Christ  (Our Sunday Visitor Publishers) Copyright 2014)

Religion notebook (must be a 2 subject) 


Black and red pen

Yellow highlighter


Assignments and Tests:

Tests will be given at the end of each unit. Tests/quizzes will be taken from the text, notes taken in class and any notes given by Fr. Stack.

Students are responsible for taking notes, which are provided in class. Notes will be checked.

Test format is multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, matching, short answer and essay. No retakes will be allowed.



The students can expect homework 3-4 times a week. Names and proper headings will be expected on all papers. Incomplete homework will not be accepted.

All homework is expected to be turned in the very next class unless a different date is given in class.  If the student does not have the work to hand in on time during class, they will earn a tally mark on their behavior card. Five tally marks for missing homework equals one demerit.


Late Work/ Absent Students:

If a student is absent due to an illness, allowance is made to get work completed and turned in, one day per each day absent. The student is responsible for showing it to the teacher within the time frame. If they need more time, please visit with me and we can make accommodations. If a student has a planned absence then they should get their work before they leave and all work is due the day they return. This includes being prepared for any tests or quizzes. Work may be provided before trips with advanced notice of at least 3 days. There may be additional work assigned and two additional days will be provided to make up any of the work which was not provided before the absence.



I use a point system for all grades. Daily work will be worth 5 points and up. Tests are worth a variety of points depending on the makeup of the test.


Extra Credit:

There may be extra credit questions offered periodically on tests throughout the year. These questions will often times come from a reading at Mass or something that the presiding priest shares with the students during the Mass, or during a classroom visit. Extra credit will be offered as a whole class opportunity only. Students should not expect to retake a test for a better grade. The same goes for redoing homework assignments. Students should not count on extra credit to bring their grade up. 



In preparation for 8th grade Confirmation, and as a part of the school curriculum, the students are required to attend a retreat. This takes place on February 22 & 23 at the Pro Sanctity Retreat Center in Elkhorn. Please direct any questions or concerns about the retreat to Katie Corrigan or Angie Gross parish Confirmation coordinators, at 402-861-4510 or

China Weil, Director


Katie Corrigan & Angie Gross

Confirmation Coordinators


Rite of Enrollment Mass: THIS IS ONLY IF YOU MISSED IT IN 7th GRADE

September 7 & 8 at all Masses, the 8th grade will be offered the Rite of Enrollment. You may attend any Mass on those dates that you wish. The candidate and their parent(s) will be asked to commit themselves to prayer and study as they enter the time of sacramental preparation. They will receive a special blessing by the parish as a sign of the community’s support. Following the Mass, the candidates will be asked to sign the register in the Gathering Space.


Parent Meeting: September 8 at 4:30 PM in the worship space

Commitment Masses: All Masses on March 7 & 8

  • Apr. 23/24 - Confirmation Rehearsals

    • Mr. Hentzen April 23 at 6:30 PM

    • Mr. Harvey April 23 at 8:00 PM

    • Ms. Oliver April 24 at 6:30 PM

  • Apr. 27/28/29 - Confirmation

    • Mr. Hentzen April 27 at 6:30 PM

    • Mr. Harvey April 28 at 6:30 PM

    • Ms. Oliver April 29 at 6:30 PM

Stewardship hours:

The students are responsible for completing ten hours of stewardship. This must be on a “nonpayment” basis. Ideas and opportunities for service hours will be made available to the students via the church bulletin. Stewardship forms are available online only. It is the student's responsibility to record and keep track of their hours; 5 hours associated with St. Stephen's/5 hours outside of St. Stephen’s.

Students have been shown how to record stewardship hours in class. Stewardship hours are due December 6, 2019 (first five hours), May 1, 2020, 10 total hours.

This form is ONLINE ONLY on the website Formation page (scroll down to Sacraments). A PDF of the student’s answers will be automatically emailed back to the student/parent when the form is submitted. 

The link for the Journey of Faith form is also found on this page. 


Special Projects:

Icons - this will take place in the first quarter.


Please use Sycamore as a way to keep up on how your child is doing academically. Assignments are not posted online. It is important for middle school students to learn responsibility, and one of the ways that they will do this in middle school is being responsible for recording assignments in their assignment notebook. You can expect grades to be posted within the week of the assignment/test if it is turned in on time. Please keep in mind that there may be times where not many changes will be made to the grades due to longer projects, shortened weeks, etc. Please do not expect grades to be updated daily.


Remember: Be organized! Stay on task! Be Positive! Ask me for help! I want to help you succeed!


Please contact me at my email address at any time with your questions/concerns. * If you have a Confirmation, stewardship hours or retreat question, please contact the Confirmation coordinators in the Religious Education office*


Mrs. Mabeus


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